Alex Greenwood: England and Manchester City Women defender signs new contract

England defender Alex Greenwood has signed a three-year contract extension with Manchester City, describing the club as her “home”.

Greenwood, whose contract expires in the summer, has made 80 appearances since joining from Olympique Lyonnais in 2020.

After signing for Manchester City, Greenwood became just the second player in history to cross the Manchester-Liverpool derby divide, an honor she shares with former striker Peter Beardsley.

The 29-year-old is one of the most experienced players in Gareth Taylor’s squad and also played her part in the women’s Euro 2022 victory in July.

“This is my home,” Greenwood EXCLUSIVELY told sky sports In the conference room at Manchester City’s academy stadium after posing for a photo. “From the moment I arrived it felt like home. It was an easy decision for me to stay.

“Sometimes things make you happy, sometimes they don’t. I’ve had really good experiences in my career and it’s one I really want to continue. I love being here, I love this club.

“The club’s ambitions fit me. I still think we can deliver and achieve a lot. I want to be part of it. There are trophies to win and I want to win them as a Manchester City player.

“It’s a place I like to come to every day. Football is always switching, but we have a very healthy squad right now, very positive. We can really look forward to the future here with some exciting players. We’re in a very Good location.”

Alex Greenwood (right) with Chloe Kelly and Lucy Bronze at the Euro 2022 final

Head coach Gareth Taylor added: “It’s great news. It’s a very important re-signing for us. Alex embodies what Manchester City was about – certainly while I was here. Some ups and downs, some lineup rotations, but Alex is consistent.

“She’s really adapted to playing centre-back and has established herself in one of the best positions in the game. [in that position]. It’s an exciting moment and a very good moment for the club. I’m glad we can move forward together.

“Alex is good at saying the right words at the right moment. She helps the young players at the club by teaching them how to be professional. She has been successful and has played alongside the big names in big moments.

“We’ve worked really well together and have seen Alex improve tremendously. I’m pretty sure there’s a lot more to come for her – she’s entering her prime. It’s been a big deal for us to have her for the next three years.” good news.”

Analysis: Reliable Greenwood integral to City success

Sky Sports’ Laura Hunt:

“Consistency is what Manchester City need. They crave it. Gareth Taylor described the summer as one of ‘rotation’. In fact, it was a complete overhaul. The team carried out considerable changes, although not necessarily voluntarily.” reform.

“However, Alex Greenwood represents stability and regularity. She has been a constant and City are now looking to lead and guide.

“While the team has been in transition, so has Greenwood’s role. She went from a full-back to one of the best left-backs in the league. “I’m obsessed with football,” she admitted in an interview. guardian Earlier this year, she revealed how she studies and analyzes the game to continually refine her position in the game.

“Greenwood’s commitment is quite possibly the most important thing Winter City have done. After a shaky start to the season, they have been rejuvenated yet again, losing their two WSL openers. Going unbeaten for 3 games, Greenwood herself represents the best of those results. She is a safe pair of hands – one of their most senior and experienced players.

“She has had the most touches and passes per 90 minutes of any City player this season. Her set-piece passing is also a huge weapon. But the most important thing is her ability to command from deep. When City are leading and playing well, you can bet Greenwood is at the heart of it.”

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